Julia Garner to Star in Blumhouse and Universal’s Chilling WOLF MAN Remake

The Wolf Man finds a new lead star. The Ozark star is the most recent actor to be attached to the classic horror icon's big screen return!
Inventing Anna Julia Garner to star in Wolf Man remake.

Actress Julia Garner will learn to fear a full moon in Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s upcoming theatrical remake of the Wolf Man, per The Hollywood Reporter. Garner will star opposite Christopher Abbott for the new film from director Leigh Whannell. Garner reunites with Abbot after previously working with him in the 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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The new reboot of Wolf Man is the second remake of the 1941 horror film, The Wolf Man, having first been remade in 2010 as The Wolfman starring Benicio del Toro and directed by Joe Johnston. The upcoming film will be directed and co-written by Whannell, who also directed The Invisible Man remake in 2020.

Julia Garner Is The Latest Actor To Be Involved in Blumhouse’s Remake of The ’40s Horror Classic

The plot of Wolf Man follows a family dealing with a dangerous creature’s presence. The movie will be released on October 25th, 2024, just in time for Halloween.

Garner is most famous for her award-winning role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix original series Ozark. She earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series last year for her work on the show.

Garner is definitely a surging, rising star at the moment. THR reports that she will star in the upcoming reimaging as the mother in the family, alongside Abbott’s role as the father. These casting announcements have many implications for what the upcoming film’s plot could be.

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I think Whannell’s Wolf Man will be a thematic sequel to The Invisible Man, exploring the way domestic abuse affects a familial unit in a more bizarre manner. Whannell’s The Invisible Man used the idea of that character as a symbol for the domestic abuse the titular threat inflicts on the main lead.

Perhaps, Wolf Man will depict the family’s encounter with the wolf-like being, the father getting attacked and becoming a wolfman himself, and Garner’s character protecting herself and their children from him. Therefore, while Abbott might be playing the Wolf Man, Garner could be playing the film’s actual protagonist.

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Garner’s casting suggests Blumhouse wants this remake to have a prestige quality to it. This makes sense since the original film was one of many 20th-century horror films that made Universal what it is today. It’s only right to give the material a proper and faithful new take. While Wolf Man‘s release date seems kind of rushed, I’m very confident Blumhouse will deliver a great remake.

Ultimately, Julia Garner’s casting is another good sign Wolf Man will successfully bring the character back for a new generation of horror fans. It should be interesting to see what the creative team behind 2020’s Invisible Man remake comes up with.

About Wolf Man

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Release Date: Oct. 25, 2024
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writers: Leigh Whannell, Corbett Tuck, Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo
Producers: Jason Blum, Leigh Whannell, Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao, Bea Sequeira and Mel Turner
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Julia Garner

Synopsis: A family realizes they are being tormented by a mysterious wolf-like entity.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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Valenti Govantes is his name, entertainment journalism is his game. Growing up with a burning desire to grow and express his knowledge, Valenti decided it was best to start writing about his passions for film and comics. After success writing for the university newspaper and film blog, Valenti now muses about the important things in life, like which Friday the 13th movie is the best, through his articles on Medium. Horror is his ride or die film genre, but he loves to watch anything weird, over the top and just pure cult classic material. He is always up to talk about beloved comic runs or the complexities of DC Comics’ many reboots on his Twitter and Instagram.